The First World War officially came to end at 11 AM on the 11th November 1918. The Armistice was a pivotal moment in the lives of millions of people, and they reacted to it in many different ways.
Room of Voices is an immersive sound installation that shares the stories of 32 people who fought and lived through the Great War. You will hear how it affected Ernest Argall, a Royal Engineers signaller on the Western Front, and civilians like Dolly Shepherd, who remembered weeping because the silence was so awful: "You see we'd been used to the noise of guns, all day long... it was so strange, to have silence".
Some of the stories are solemn whilst others are celebratory, but they all imprinted on the minds of an entire generation.
> Craig’s review of Imperial War Museum – “When was the last time that Britain lost a war? Let me think... apart from the Romans and the Vikings and the Normans, and the Hundred Years War, and the First Boer War, and that war against Mel Gibson in Scotland, I can't think of a single time that someone actually managed to beat us. Obviously you can't include the American War of Independence because that was tech… continued”
Moments of Silence — Imperial War Museum – 21 Sep 2018 to 31 Mar 2019 – Moments of Silence uses recordings of the silences captured at Remembrance Services at 11 AM on 11th November
Renewal — Life After The First World War – 21 Sep 2018 to 31 Mar 2019 – An exhibition of black and white photos showing the rebuilding and changes that took place after World War I.
Mimesis — African Soldier – 21 Sep 2018 to 31 Mar 2019 – An exhibition to commemorate the often unheralded role that African and colonial soldiers played during the First World War
Slavery, Culture & Collecting – 15 Sep 2018 to 15 Sep 2019 – This exhibition explores the connection between some of Britain's oldest cultural organisations and transatlantic slavery
The Last Tsar — Blood And Revolution – 21 Sep 2018 to 24 Mar 2019 – The Science Museum will be exploring the life and death of the Romanovs — the last imperial monarchs of Russia
Feliks Topolski — Drawing Debden – 1 Oct 2018 to 28 Jun 2019 – The Bank of England Museum will be putting on an exhibition of work by Feliks Topolski about the Debden printing works.
Witnesses — Emigre medallists in Britain – 4 Oct 2018 to 7 Apr 2019 – A free exhibition that showcases some of the finest examples in the British Museum's collection of 70,000 medals.
Look for more military events during March
Look for more exhibitions during March
Here are some more free events in London if you want a cheap day out
If you enjoy Imperial War Museum then you might like to visit Churchill War Rooms (walk it in 20 mins or catch the tube from Lambeth North to Westminster), HMS Belfast (walk it in 28 mins or catch the tube from Lambeth North to London Bridge), National Army Museum (catch the train from Lambeth North to Sloane Square) and National Maritime Museum (catch the train from Lambeth North to Cutty Sark)
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